Rose Lavelle scored her second goal in just her fifth appearance as the United States women’s national team beat Sweden for the first time in the last five games, 1-0 in Gothenburg, Sweden. It’s the first time the United States has beaten Sweden under former USA coach Pia Sundhage, going 0-1-3 in four previous meetings.
Lavelle took a pass from Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC) on the right wing and sent a right-footed shot to the far post to make it 1-0 in the 56th minute.
The Boston Breakers rookie midfielder made her USWNT debut on March 4 at the SheBelieves Cup vs. England, just weeks after being selected No. 1 overall in the NWSL College Draft.
Chicago Red Stars goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher made three saves in the match to preserve the shutout, the ninth of her career. She was called on several times late in the match as Sweden put on the pressure, including an 86th minute stop on Sweden forward Kosovare Asllani that she tipped off the top of the crossbar.
North Carolina Courage forward Lynn Williams was not available for the match. U.S. Soccer said she took a knock to her ankle in training and did not dress for the game.
Sweden ousted the United States from the Olympics in 2016, beating the U.S. in penalty kicks in the quarterfinals.
The United States wore rainbow numbers on their jerseys in honor of LGBTQ Pride month.
Here we go! #USAvSWE is underway from Gothenburg, Sweden. ?
— U.S. Soccer WNT (@ussoccer_wnt) June 8, 2017
The United States will next face Norway on Sunday, June 11 at Komplett Arena in Sandefjord (1 p.m. ET on FOX).Additional notes:
North Carolina Courage defender Abby Dahlkemper earned her third cap, subbing in at halftime for Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC). She played center back alongside Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City) for the rest of the match.
Sky Blue FC forward Kelley O’Hara made her 96th appearance and played right back.
?????? yessss guhhhhlll! @roselavelle ????
— Julie King (@Julie_King8) June 8, 2017
@JulieFoudy Sweden is the first team with 10+ corners against the U.S. women in 133 games, since France had 11 in the 2011 WWC semifinals.
— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) June 8, 2017